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Trains Photo Contest 2019: Go West!

By | November 12, 2018

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2018 Grand Prize: Todd Halamka
Having lived and worked in Chicago for nearly my entire adult life, the city continues to nurture two passions — buildings and trains. The Chicago River and the Loop elevated rail are two key components that define the urban core. The newly opened Chicago Riverwalk invites residents and visitors to stroll along its banks through parks, cafes, and overlooks. This image attempts to capture the joy of walking the esplanade at sunset, experiencing people, boats, and trains in a peaceful, park-like atmosphere deep within a forest of skyscrapers above.
Once again, Sigma will cosponsor the 2019 contest. To keep with Trains’ myriad celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s completion, we selected the theme “Go West!” Please interpret that theme to your heart’s content, but be prepared to explain how your photo suits it should you win. Please submit no more than three images. Do not alter your images beyond minor color corrections, burning, dodging, and levels adjustments.

Upload JPGs to no later than June 1, 2019, and type “photo contest” in the “comments.” If we select your image as a finalist, you can then send the high-resolution format. We do not accept mailed submissions.

Winners will be announced in the November 2019 issue.

Grand Prize
Winner will receive: Sigma 100-400mm lens

First Prize
Winner will receive: $500

Second Prize
Winner will receive: $250

Five Runners-Up
Winners will receive: a three-year subscription to Trains magazine or equivalent Trains products

>> 1. Enter up to three (3) digital images to, choose “Trains” as the publication, and label the submission “PHOTO CONTEST.” 
>> 2. Contestants must include their name, address, a daytime phone number, email address, and basic caption information in the digital image’s metadata.
>> 3. All entries must be submitted by June 1, 2019.
>> 4. Winning photos will be published in Trains’ November 2019 issue.
>> 5. Trains reserves the right to retain electronic copies for future publication, use as a contest gallery exhibition on Trains magazine’s website, Facebook wall, Twitter feed, other social media, or for public exhibition. In all cases, the photographer retains the copyright to the image.
>> 6. Trains staff members will judge photos on a “blind” basis, meaning they will not know the identities of the entrants.
>> 7. Multiple prizes will not be awarded to any individual.
>> 8. Employees of Kalmbach Media Co. or their families are not eligible to enter.
>> 9. Sigma reserves the right to exchange a comparable lens for the prize listed above.

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